The zoological gardens, designed by a British architect at the turn of the century are landmarks in the city and provide an
exotic setting for animals and birds. The Sri Chitra Art Gallery in the museum and zoological complex has an excellent section dedicated to the paintings of Raja Ravi Verma, Kerala’s best loved painter. Old and modern paintings from all over the world are A wide variety of bananas—a cherished fruit in these parts
Trivandrum is famous for a number of traditional handicrafts as well as the ‘Kathakali’ dance form. Bell metal lamps, ivory and wood carving, handicrafts and paintings from screw pine, leaf and coconut shells are universal buys. Traditional silks and soft white handloom textiles can be selected from a variety of good stores in the city centre.
The bustle of its famous Chalai Bazaar and the Mall along the Mahatama Gandhi Road remain transitory. Within the blink of an eye the motorways and wide avenues turn into winding ribbons of road leading out of the city.
Excursion spots abound. Natural areas of scenic charm are cordoned into neat picnic spots. The Neyyer Dam, 29 kilometres from the city is one such instance. Landscaped gardens, a swimming pool, guest house, and a mini lake offer an attractive retreat. Treks can be taken in the surrounding forests
A multitude of excursions can be picked up by the traveller. There is the seaside town and pilgrim centre of Varkala, 54 kilometres away with its 2,000 year old Janardana temple. The Suchindram temple 74 kilometres away is famous for its exquisite carvings and traditional Dravidian temple architecture. An irresistable excursion that Trivandrum always offers is a trip to the tip of the subcontinent—Land’s End, 74 kilometres away. Here at Kanyakumar huge black boulders bear the brunt of the churning waters and lashing waves of the Indian Ocean. Mystery and awe fill the air as hundreds o” pilgrims ring temple bells and blow conch shells even as the sun sets it a huge red orb over the ocea, horizon. Quite rightfully, it is here thathe kaleidoscope of natural bounty and cultural richness that is Kerala comes to an end and the travelle, returns home.
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